Overnight Beauty Tips
Nighttime is a rejuvenating time for the body. As you drift off for the night, your body is busy making repairs from all the damage it encountered during the day. From sun exposure to a strenuous workout at the gym, sleep is the time the body needs to relax and recover from everything we put it through. It should be no surprise than that having a great nighttime beauty routine is critical, not only for waking up beautiful and relaxed, but also for long term results. Try incorporating these tips into your bedtime ritual and you'll be waking up beautiful and refreshed by tomorrow morning.
Our eyelashes can take a lot of abuse each day, from wearing mascara, rubbing the eyes, and removing false eyelash glue. Over time, eyelashes begin to thin out, both naturally and from poor treatment. In order to make lashes thicker and longer, it is crucial to moisturize them before bed. I like to use castor oil, which is high in vitamin E as well as other fatty acids to promote hair growth. If you don't have castor oil laying around, an alternative is Vaseline, which offers moisture to the lashes, promoting growth and decreasing breakage.
Nighttime is one of the best times to treat blemishes. The skin goes through a healing process during sleep, which makes it an ideal time to treat most skin problems. I like to use tea tree oil on any problematic blemishes that may pop up during the day. I prefer tea tree oil over chemical acne spot treatments, as it is a natural alternative. Because it is a natural product, it is less likely to have a harsh reaction on the skin. This is especially good for those with combination skin, who can experience over-drying when using store bought acne medications.
Since most of us need to look presentable during the day, whether to go to work or school, it's usually not a great time to do a treatment on hair. At night, we have an extended period of time in which we can do a leave in treatment without interruption. Nighttime is the perfect time to do an oil treatment. I like to use coconut oil, sweet almond oil, or avocado oil in my hair before bed. Each of these oils are rich in vitamins and nutrients and leave hair looking soft, beautiful and shiny the next morning. A scalp treatment can also be incorporated into this treatment by mixing together various essential oils and applying them to the scalp area only, along with the oil of your choice. Scalp treatments can help with various hair and scalp issues. I like to mix a few drops of rosemary, peppermint, and lavender into my 'carrier' oil of choice. This mixture is invigorating for the scalp and promotes hair growth. Make sure to thoroughly wash hair in the morning to get all of the oil out.
Get a Kissable Pout
Try adding an exfoliating and moisturizing lip routine, 1-2 times per week, especially during the colder, winter months. Start by mixing together coconut sugar and sweet almond oil to make a paste. Rub the mixture into lips in circular motions for 1-3 minutes. Wash off with warm water. Another alternative is to use a soft bristle toothbrush in circular motions for 1-2 minutes. After exfoliating, make sure to slather on your favorite lip balm or Vaseline.
Get Beachy Waves By Morning
You may have tried the old damp braid trick to get effortless waves by morning, waking up only to have awkwardly wavy hair. Try this updated version of the overnight wave. Start with slightly damp hair, and section off into four equal sections. Twist each section into a mini bun and set with a small hair elastic. By morning, your hair will be effortlessly beautiful, and that's one less thing you'll have to worry about during your morning routine.
These are a few tips you can easily incorporate into your nightly routine, but what about those bad habits that are keeping you from looking your best in the morning? Check out this list and make sure you aren't guilty of any of these no no's.
Sleeping With Makeup On
Whatever you do, please do not sleep with makeup on! This is one of the worst bad habits you could possibly have for your skin. Trust me, I've been there before, you're home from a long night out and you want nothing more than to jump into bed and sleep. Whatever you do, fight this urge with all of your power. Sleeping with makeup on not only causes acne and congested skin, but it also stops your skins natural healing process by clogging the pores. All of the damage that your skin endured during the day will remain unfixed if skin isn't allowed to breath and do its job. Skin that can't heal itself can lead to premature wrinkles and aging, yikes! Still too tired to remove your makeup? Keep a box of makeup removing wipes in your nightstand to clean your face on those late nights, but don't make a habit of this, as nothing compares to a thorough cleansing.
Forgetting To Moisturize Or Use Serums
As mentioned above, your body wants to renew during sleep, which makes it the perfect time to slather on moisturizer and serums. Never skip this step of your nighttime routine, as you will be missing out on an opportunity to heal and beautify your skin. I like to use Kiehls Over-Night Biological Peel, which leaves my skin feeling soft in the morning, and helps reduce the appearance of my pores.
Skipping On Sleep
When we miss out on sleep, our body doesn't have the time to properly heal itself. Sleep deprivation can cause premature aging, weight gain, along with a slew of other negative health side effects. Hours of sleep needed can vary from person to person, but in general, you don't want to go lower than 7 hours.
Do you have a special nighttime routine that you like to follow? Share it with me in the comments below!